Freddie Freeman’s comments about alleged friction with Ronald Acuña Jr. highlight one of the key issues wrong with baseball and the Braves.
Whether or not there’s real beef between Freddie Freeman and Ronald Acuña Jr., this whole situation only serves to show how much baseball gets wrong when it comes to the image of its young stars.
In case you haven’t been following, Acuña Jr. caused a stir when he took to Instagram Live and revealed he won’t miss Freeman due to “clashes” between the two players.
The Braves’ outfield hinted at a time when Atlanta veterans wiped his eye black in the clubhouse.
While Acuña has retracted his comments, claiming the media exaggerated them, Freeman was nonetheless called upon to respond and tell his side of the story.
The Braves rules have apparently caused friction between Freddie Freeman and Ronald Acuña
Freeman told MLB Network that he didn’t see any friction in his relationship with Acuña, but he acknowledged that as a clubhouse veteran, he was often tasked with enforcing organizational rules around appearances.
“If you put on a Braves uniform in this organization, there are organizational rules,” Freeman said. “You don’t cover the A with sunglasses, you don’t wear earrings, you have a certain length of hair, you wear a uniform during blood pressure measurements, you don’t have black eyes that fall all over your face.”
Freeman was just enforcing the rules he was raised by (he told an anecdote that he couldn’t wear his Louboutin shoes because they violated the team’s dress code, which mandates high-heeled dress shoes). He’s not the root of the problem here: archaic baseball standards are.
The league seems to be doing whatever it takes to hit personality and shine from its brightest stars. Players like Acuña and Fernando Tatis Jr. are constantly clashing with “unwritten” and other rules that feel like they came from another era.
The fact that teams still dictate the kind of black eyes or certain pieces of jewelry players can wear detracts from the game of uniqueness, which could bring more fans to the game.
Rather than creating scenarios in which arbitrary aesthetic standards require a respected veteran to get under a young star’s skin, MLB franchises should embrace the idea of players expressing themselves as they are.
Joc Pederson has created a trend with a pearl necklace. Let Acuña do it with eye blacks, sunglasses or whatever he decides.
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